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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Pope Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (790 comments)

This is engine noise being piped through the sound system, it's not going to help a blind person on the street at all.

3 days ago
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Silicon Valley Security Experts Give 'Blackhat' a Thumbs-Up; Do You?

Pope Re:Awful. Insulted my intelligence. (98 comments)

There are two reasons I would like to see "Blackhat": The cinematography and Tang Wei. I'm curious to see how Tang Wei is in an American movie after she was blacklisted in China. She seems likes a capable actor so I would like to see her get new opportunities.

For the cinematography, it was decent for the most part. There's still something weird in both Blackhat and Public Enemies where there are a couple of hand-held shots that look like they were shot on cheap camcorders, and it's such a terrible contrast to how the rest of the movie looks. Also there are a few foot chase scenes that are hand-held and the picture just shakes too damn much.

Tang Wei does a decent job in a pretty thankless role, IMO.

about a week ago
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Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

Pope Re:Honest question. (479 comments)

You'll be heading from the LEGO Friends line brigade soon enough!

about two weeks ago
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Study: Belief That Some Fields Require "Brilliance" May Keep Women Out

Pope Re: Easy solution (218 comments)

Toronto outsourced half the garbage collection, crew size stayed the same, except the private company doing it now demands the wheelie bins be positioned in one exact certain way as they sit on the curb. The unionized workers never demanded any such thing. Oh, and it didn't save nearly the money that our former outsourcing-crazed mayor claimed it would. I'm sure he got a nice kickback from the company though.

about two weeks ago
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First Crowdsourced, Open Data Address List Launches In the UK

Pope No reason for this (33 comments)

What possible reason is there for such a list, other than spam?

about two weeks ago
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How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

Pope Start with a simpler ballot (480 comments)

One of the big things I see with respect to U.S. elections is that there are far too many thing crammed onto the ballot every two years. Simplify it! Every 4 years you get your presidential vote, along with senate and house, and the off 2 years you get senate and house. Put anything else on other days. Federal elections could have a standardized ballot across the entire country, no dimpled cards or hanging chads.

about two weeks ago
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How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

Pope Re:Sounds stupid ... (480 comments)

The Bitcoin True Believers are of the opinion that the blockchain is some magical fool-proof system, when it's clearly not. Like all True Believers, they never let the facts get in the way of their proselytizing.

about two weeks ago
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Extra Leap Second To Be Added To Clocks On June 30

Pope Is there a better way? (289 comments)

No, not really. Leap seconds are a known quantity, make sure your code handles it.

Next question.

about three weeks ago
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TSA Has Record-Breaking Haul In 2014: Guns, Cannons, and Swords

Pope Re:Good job guys (276 comments)

I promise you, if there are ever again 4 idiots with carpet knifes trying to hold up a plane, they have exactly ZERO chance of survival.

That's because the next time it won't be with carpet knives.

about a month ago
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Problem Solver Beer Tells How Much To Drink To Boost Your Creativity

Pope Re:As the saying goes: (73 comments)

I've heard it most along the lines of "Beer for writing, coffee for editing," but then I hang out with a lot of writers so they're biased to a certain task :D

about a month ago
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Schneier Explains How To Protect Yourself From Sony-Style Attacks (You Can't)

Pope Re:Sure... (343 comments)

"If we don't spend $X on security, including training, it will cost the company $Z if we get breached. Up to you."

about a month ago
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Schneier Explains How To Protect Yourself From Sony-Style Attacks (You Can't)

Pope Re:Sure... (343 comments)

I have friends who still use their work email for everything, despite having had smartphones for years. It boggles the mind.

about a month ago
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Uber Limits 'God View' To Improve Rider Privacy

Pope Re:Decentralization (76 comments)

They have a PR problem because they're run by terrible people.

about a month ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

Pope Re:Have Both (567 comments)

The biggest productivity enhancer is more resolution, because even today fucking NOBODY gets multi-monitor working right. Not nVidia, not AMD, not Microsoft, not Apple, and not Linux.

Last PROPERLY working multi-monitor setup was on SGI hardware.

LOL, nope. Apple had multi-monitor systems in the 80s and they worked just fine.

about a month and a half ago
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California Sues Uber Over Practices

Pope Re:Not "ridesharing" (139 comments)

The problem is this isn't ridesharing, neither carpooling.

Correct. These are unlicensed jitney cabs, which are illegal in most jurisdictions for a pretty damn good number of reasons. You cite most of them in the rest of your post.

about a month and a half ago

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